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(SD)-Former Judge Announces U-S House Run As Democrat

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/14/2017 09:08 AM
CANISTOTA, S.D. (AP) - Former Circuit Court Judge Tim Bjorkman has formally announced a run for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat as a Democrat, unveiling his candidacy Thursday in Canistota.

     He recently stepped down from the First Judicial Circuit after serving a decade and now hopes to succeed Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem, who is running for governor.

     Bjorkman says he plans to run an "issue-focused" race seeking to unite and deliver solutions to problems rather than promoting partisan squabbling.
 
     South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson says Bjorkman has a distinguished record as a judge and would be a strong fighter for South Dakota families in Washington.

     He will face at least one opponent in the Democratic primary, Chris Martian of Rapid City - a former IT professional turned stay-at-home dad
 
    The Republicans have two big name candidates in their primary: Secretary of State and former Miss South Dakota Shantel Krebs and Dusty Johnson, former Public Utilities Commission member and CHief of Staff to Gov Dennis Daugaard.

      Johnson's campaign released its quarterly financial report on Thursday, saying he raised more than $120,000 in the second quarter of 2017 and ended the quarter with more than $288,000 in the bank.


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